video excerpt - September 2008

Performances include:

Maass Gallery - SUNY Purchase
Purchase, NY - October 25, 2017

Pioneer Works
Brooklyn, NY - June 16, 2017

Van Alen Institute Spring Party
New York, NY - March 16, 2017

Van Alen Institute
New York, NY - Nov 9, 2016

ICA Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA - February 2016

Interference Archive at Silent Barn
Brooklyn, NY - August 2015

Art Space
New Haven, CT - March 2015

New Museum
New York, NY - May 2014

BRIC
Brooklyn, NY - March 2014

Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY - October 2013

Nuit Blanche
Toronto, Canada - October 2011

Creative Time
New York, NY - September 2008

Another Protest Song: Karaoke with a Message

multimedia; karaoke system and video monitors
2008-ongoing 

Another Protest Song: karaoke with a message looks to the karaoke songbook as potential for political enunciation through song.

The November 2008 elections were approaching and we were interested in providing a mediated space in which users might feel comfortable getting on their soapboxes and professing their political interests and dislikes. In the era of American Idol and innumerable karaoke bars, everyone is a singer, and the choice of a song speaks a lot about the performer, especially if that song includes political content. In the situation of protest karaoke, while the song choice might communicate history in the present, it also speaks of a history attached (or even dis-attached but newly considered) to a political situation rather than one consumed primarily as a popular cultural product.

Over a two-day period in September of 2008, as part of the Creative Time project Democracy in America: The National Campaign, we organized a karaoke suite of 'protest' songs and a performance stage in two parks in New York City (Prospect Park, Brooklyn and Corona Park/Flushing Meadows, Queens). For six hours each day, pedestrians, park-goers, cyclists, and the general public sang songs of protest, sober and under the warm sun.

This project was commissioned by Creative Time for Democracy in America: The National Campaign
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